NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME
Directed by: Mimi Pickering
Running Time: 22:00
Nowhere is health care a more serious concern than in rural America. Corporate mergers, hospital closures, the move to managed care, failure to recruit and retain health professionals, and the outmigration of patients to large urban centers are threatening already fragile health systems and economies in small communities. Yet this decline can be turned into an economic and health care success when local providers and community residents work together to create health services that the community wants and supports.
“Healthy, Wealthy & Wise: Improving Rural Health Care & Rural Economies” demonstrates to business and civic leaders, public officials, health care providers and consumers just how vital local health care is to rural economic development. Each year, the average rural county generates $73 million from health care. Unfortunately, over 50% of those health care dollars go right out of town to the big city. This video program shows how to keep more of those dollars at home and improve local health care in the process.
“Strong economies absolutely depend on good health care, and this video is a great tool to help communities increase both local jobs and health care.” ~ Tim Size, Executive Director, Rural Wisconsin Hospital Cooperative & 1997-1998 President, National Rural Health Association
“The Program does a great job of introducing the idea of rural health and community solutions and makes for a very good presentation at any number of community and extension functions.” ~ Marvin Konyha, Program Leader, USDA Cooperative Research, Education, and Extension Service
“Both a marvelous illustration of the impact and power of rural residents and health providers advocating in an organized fashion on behalf of their local needs and wishes, and of the economic impact of the local health care system on the overall economy of rural communities. Both of these issues are central to understanding the challenges and the opportunities facing rural health systems and rural communities in this reform era.”
~ Bruce Amundson, M.D., & 1998-1999 President of the National Rural Health Association
“A compelling tool to use with community economic development groups for a discussion centered around the economics of health care in rural areas. As a rural resident, I thought the video compassionately and respectfully represented rural people.” ~ Sarah L. Patrick, MPH, PhD, Director, Institute of Rural Health Studies, College of Health Professions, Idaho State University
“We have used ‘Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise’ numerous times at civic clubs, with County government, at our Economic Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce, our Board of Trustees, and at our Strategic Planning Retreat. In spite of the fact that the communities portrayed are not exactly like ‘our’ community, everyone connects with the concept being presented. Perhaps the biggest impact of the video’s message was with our County Board of Supervisors. They had heard, but did not appreciate, the delicate condition of their only acute care hospital. After showing the video, I provided them with the total economic value of all the medical services in the County, and the impact on that value if the hospital closed. We got their attention, fast.” ~ Edward C. Bland, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Colusa Community Hospital